Within the productivity app space, it seems that every time you turn around, a new todo-list app has popped up out of the weeds. They are written up as the killer app that magically changes you into someone who will actually gett things done. But none of them are ever up to the task. There are many reasons for their failure, all of which fall under at least one of three categories.
Features, Not Companies
To start, most of these apps only offer a one-off solution that solves a corner case scenario. Fetchnotes makes it faster, Clear makes it prettier, Dunno makes it smarter. But that’s just not enough. We need a comprehensive solution.
Poor User Experience
Second, these apps fail in general product design. People need something that is (a) simple and easy to use (b) available across a number of platforms and (c) powerful and extensible to accomodate a wide variety of ideas and media. This is the basics. And most already fail at that. Let’s look at some examples.
Solving for Efficiency
Finally, task-lists in general won’t turn you into a more productive person because they’re focusing on altogether the wrong problem. Your issue isn’t efficiency, it’s not effectiveness and execution.
Therefore, they all don’t work!